Every year, we’re amazed by the students who participate in our annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition, as well as the projects they tackle. They are an inspiring group of young people who will undoubtedly have an impact on the world someday with their innovative ideas and creative spirits.
But, like any competition, there must be a group of finalists who go-on to compete for the top prize. The Broadcom Foundation is happy to introduce 30 budding young scientists and engineers who have been hand-selected by a distinguished panel to compete as finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS.
View the complete list of 30 finalists and learn more about their projects here.
In late September, the 30 students, who represent middle schools from across the nation, will embark on an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to face-off at the U.S. finals. There, they will showcase their science projects, which range from broccoli power to digital scents to rocket design and also participate in science and engineering-themed games.
The top winner will receive and award from the Samueli Foundation, a $25,000 gift from Susan and Broadcom Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Henry Samueli. Another winner will receive the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli’s donation of his Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship winnings. Other prizes include stays at a STEM-focused summer camp and a chance to be the U.S. delegate to the Broadcom MASTERS International program next year.
The weeklong MASTERS — an annual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation in conjunction with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) — culminates with an awards dinner at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, featuring CIA intelligence officer and NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps as the keynote speaker.
The 14 girls and 16 boys that make up the MASTERS finalists hail from 17 states and represent 30 schools, most of which are public institutions. California and Florida have the largest representation of finalists, with five students each. Pennsylvania follows with three while Texas, Colorado and Virginia each have two. They were selected from an initial group of 1,695 applicants from 43 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 2012 Broadcom MASTERS top prize winner was Raymond Gilmartin, then 14, from South Pasadena, Calif., who won for his engineering and physics experiments that showed how rear spoilers can reduce drag and lift in sport utility vehicles.